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Hungary's Gabor Kiraly becomes oldest European Championship player

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly will become the oldest player to feature at a European Championship after being named in the starting lineup for his country's opening Euro 2016 match against Austria at 40 years and 75 days years of age.

Kiraly beats the record of former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus, who appeared at Euro 2000 aged 39 years and 91 days.

The Haladas player -- whose three-year spell at Crystal Palace between 2004-07 also took in loan stints at West Ham United and Aston Villa -- was named as the Magyars' No. 1 for Tuesday's Group F match in Bordeaux.

He is likely to extend the record when Hungary play Iceland on Saturday and take on Portugal on June 22.

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Gabor Kiraly's appearance against Austria will be his 104th for the national team.

Coach Bernd Storck told UEFA's official website on Saturday: "I've always told him that age isn't important for me.

"I don't care if a player is young or old, he has to be good. Gabor is good -- he's outstanding.

"He radiates confidence and is a goalkeeper with an incredible aura and charisma. He will help us be successful at the Euros."

Kiraly's European record is still some way off the mark set by former Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who became the oldest player to appear at a World Cup finals when he lined up against Japan in Brazil two years ago at the age of 43 years and three days.

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